Government is doing a great deal in building unity among communities, Sri Lanka President assures visiting UN ASG
Thu, Nov 25, 2021, 11:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured a visiting UN top official that his government does a lot of work in building unity among the ethnic communities in the country.
The UN Assistant-Secretary-General (ASG) for Political, Peace building and Peace Operations, Khaled Khiari, who is currently undertaking a visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (25).
ASG Khiari arrived in Sri Lanka as a result of a bilateral meeting between the President and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.
Mr. Khiari conveying the best wishes of Secretary General Antonio Guterres to the President said the United Nations has always worked closely with Sri Lanka and looks forward to working with Sri Lanka with a special long term relationship.
Expressing satisfaction over the President’s dedication and interest in the environment, the Assistant Secretary-General appreciated Sri Lanka’s commitment when achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The President explained that with the assistance of the Navy, steps are being taken to plant 100,000 mangroves and prevent climate change through environmental conservation programs.
President Rajapaksa thanked the United Nations and the COVAX facility for their support to Sri Lanka in making the COVID-19 vaccination drive a success and in facing other challenges in the face of the pandemic.
President Rajapaksa pointed out that the government’s development program implemented in the North and East after the end of the war in 2009 had brought about rapid development in those areas.
President Rajapaksa recalling his invitation to the Diaspora to work with all the communities in Sri Lanka when he attended the UN General Assembly expressed hope that the move would be acted upon positively.
The two sides exchanged views on unity and relations between various communities in Sri Lanka and the President pointed out that the island nation has an environment where all races can live freely.
The President pointed out that the Minister of Justice is a Muslim, the Attorney General is a Tamil and many of those holding other special posts are of minority races.
President Rajapaksa said that there should be no doubt that the government is doing a great deal in building unity among nations.
Both sides were of the view that education was the key to unity among nations.